Local outfitter, Morning Glory Balloon Tours offer visitors the unforgettable experience of seeing the Methow Valley’s spectacular landscape from a bird’s-eye view. And flights take off right here at the Winthrop Inn! Private and group flights are available. The experience starts just after sunrise and lasts about 3 hours including an end-of-flight gourmet picnic back on the ground. It’s the perfect way to get the lay of the land at the beginning of a Methow vacation or conclude a visit with a storybook ending. The ballooning season kicks off every year on the first weekend in March with the annual Winthrop Balloon Festival. Balloons from all around the Pacific Northwest travel to Winthrop to fill the morning skies with a colorful, warm glow. This is a photographic event not to be missed!